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Dark Sons
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Blink 2010
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IL: MG - BL: 4.8 - AR Pts: 2
Lexile measure:
740L
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Description
"Both lyrical and powerful, Grimes' unusual novel is mediation on faith and father-son relationships ... Grimes' commanding metaphors, authoritative style and complex characterizations are uniquely compelling."—Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"The elemental connections and the hope ("You made it / in the end / and so will I') will speak to a wide audience."—Booklist, starred review

A guy whose father
ripped his heart out too.
Me and you, Ishmael,
we're brothers,
two dark sons.

Betrayed, lost, and isolated, the perspectives of two teenage boys—modern-day Sam and biblical Ishmael—unite over millennia to illustrate the power of forgiveness.
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OverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive Listen
Edition:
Unabridged
Street Date:
08/24/2010
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780310555711
Accelerated Reader:
MG
Level 4.8, 2 Points
Lexile measure:
740
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APA Citation (style guide)

Nikki Grimes. (2010). Dark Sons. Unabridged Blink.

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Nikki Grimes. 2010. Dark Sons. Blink.

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Nikki Grimes, Dark Sons. Blink, 2010.

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Nikki Grimes. Dark Sons. Unabridged Blink, 2010.

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      • content: Lyrical free verse crosses time and reaches hearts as Dion Graham animates the parallel stories of Ishmael, the biblical son of Abraham and Hagar, and contemporary African-American teenager Sam, whose father has left his family to marry a white woman. Both sons feel lost, diminished, and jealous after second sons are born; both curse God, mourn losses, and finally come to love their stepbrothers. Graham sows Nikki Grimes's melodic words with dark, powerful feelings. He precisely and softly delivers Ishmael's imagery, as if the biblical child's feelings whisper across time to Sam's world. Sam's narrative is delivered in harsher, more sorrowful and sarcastic, tones--until he reads Ishmael's story. When he discovers the link to his "dark brother," Graham lights his last words with hope. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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